Olden Polynice

  • Birthday: 20. November 1964
  • Birthplace: Port-au-Prince, Haiti


Olden Polynice (born November 21, 1964) is a Haitian former professional basketball player. He played center for theSeattle SuperSonicsLos Angeles ClippersDetroit PistonsSacramento Kings, and Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association.

After graduating from All Hallows High School in the Bronx, Polynice played college basketball at the University of Virginia. After three years in college and playing with Serie A's Hamby Rimini in 1986-87, he was selected 8th overall by the Chicago Bulls in the 1987 NBA Draft, but was immediately traded to the Seattle SuperSonics for Scottie Pippen. Polynice then arrived in Detroit in 1992 after being traded by the Los Angeles Clippers and departed two years later when he was traded to the Sacramento Kings for Pete Chilcutt and two draft picks.

In 15 NBA seasons, Polynice averaged 23.5 minutes, 7.8 points and 6.7 rebounds per game, with a career PER of 13.2. At 6'11", he was often signed by teams in need of a rebounder and interior player, and consistently ranked among the league leaders in offensive rebounds. Polynice retired from the NBA in 2004 after a brief return to the Clippers. He later played for the Los Angeles Aftershock of the ABA.

Upon retiring, Polynice served as coach for the ABA's Long Beach Breakers. In 1997, still active, he worked as a color commentator for the WNBA's Sacramento Monarchs.

He now runs a basketball training camp called NextStar Basketball.

Olden Polynice
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Personal information
Born November 21, 1964 (age 49)
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Nationality Haitian
Listed height 6 ft 11 in (211 cm)
Listed weight 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school All Hallows (The Bronx, New York)
College Virginia (1983–1986)
NBA draft 1987 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8th overall
Selected by the Chicago Bulls
Pro playing career 1987–2006
Career history
1986–1987 Hamby Rimini (Italy)
1987–1991 Seattle SuperSonics
1991–1992 Los Angeles Clippers
1992–1994 Detroit Pistons
1994–1998 Sacramento Kings
1999 Seattle SuperSonics
1999–2001 Utah Jazz
2001–2002 Las Vegas Slam (ABA)
2002–2003 Grand Rapids Hoops (CBA)
2003 Pennsylvania ValleyDawgs (USBL)
2003 Gary Steelheads (USBL)
2003 Los Angeles Clippers
2004 Long Beach Jam (CBA)
2004–2005 Michigan Mayhem (CBA)
2005–2006 Los Angeles Aftershock (ABA)
Career NBA statistics
Points 8,265 (7.8 ppg)
Rebounds 7,110 (6.7 rpg)

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